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Southern Lady
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This is about a type of breast cancer that is a silent killer. It's the most aggressive form of Breast Cancer.

It typically doesn't show on a mammogram, and can strike younger women, even before they are of the age most women start getting their
mammograms. There will be no lump. They call it "Nests of Cancer." When it does show up, it is different form the typical Breast Cancers.

Typical presentations are redness on your breasts, itching, slightly enlarged, hot breasts, (and I mean that temperature wise), and inverted nipples. It is deadly. You should try to find out more about this type of cancer and be informed.

In this video, they even show how they called some cancer centers, and they have never heard of this type of cancer, but it does exist.

One young girl in the video..very young, was already at Stage 4 when she went to the doctor and was diagnosed. There is no stage 5.

Watch carefully for any red marks, or rash looking areas on your breasts, ladies. It has often been mis-diagnosed as Insect bites. See your doctor and be sure he knows or learns about Inflammatory Breast Cancer as you Rule out what the problem is!
 

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Sharon, you will be missed.
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holy cow! That's scary! You know, a lot of those symptoms sound like the mastitis you can get while nursing, I bet it's misdiagnosed a fair amount. :sad:
 

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Pretty scary stuff....

http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/ibc.asp


Inflammatory Breast Cancer


Claim: E-mail warns about a disease known as Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

Status: True.

Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]

Hi Dear friends..... this is so important for all women I beg you to read it !! it's so very important!! Forgive any crossposting if you've seen this, but it's that important.

**PLEASE DO NOT DELETE,** TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO, IT MAY JUST SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Then please forward this to your wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, every woman you know! If we don’t share it, some people may never hear about this until it is too late. It's one of the most aggressive forms of Breast Cancer known but most aren't aware of it including physicians. I've no idea how common or rare it is but something to absolutely be aware of! 3 of 4 cancer groups/help lines had never heard of it, including the Susan Koman center (but do now and will add it).

THE SILENT KILLER!!

The silent killer - IBC - Inflammatory Breast Cancer. No lump needed for detection and won't show up on mammograms and suggested an MRI with certain signs. (in video) (Ruthiema as 'you' suggested too) *sigh*

PLEASE, click the attached link (or paste in browser)
http://ww3.komotv.com/global/video/popup/pop_player.asp?ClipID1=785456&

I am totally shocked myself to hear of this and completely unaware of it as well, yet some signs are obvious yet often considered 'bug bites' or just a 'hot spot' inverted nipples, persistent itching and more.



Origins: According to the National Cancer Institute, Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is an uncommon type of breast cancer in which breast cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast, a type of breast cancer that may not be apparent through routine screening methods (e.g., feeling for lumps, mammograms):
This blockage may cause the breast to become red, swollen, and warm. The skin of the breast may also appear pink, purple, or bruised, and it may have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange (called peau d'orange). These changes often occur quickly over a period of weeks. Another possible sign of this type of breast cancer is swollen lymph nodes under the arm, above the collarbone, or in both places. Often, a tumor cannot be felt, and may not be seen on a mammogram. The diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer is based on the results of the biopsy and the doctor's clinical judgment.
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:
A breast that appears red, purple, pink or bruised
A tender, firm and enlarged breast
A warm feeling in the breast
Itching of the breast
Pain
Ridged or dimpled skin texture, similar to an orange peel
Thickened areas of skin
Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm, above the collarbone or below the collarbone
Flattening or retraction of the nipple
Swollen or crusted skin on the nipple
Change in color of the skin around the nipple (areola)
Inflammatory breast cancer is of particular concern because it progresses rapidly, and in most women it is already quite advanced before the symptoms become severe enough for them to seek medical attention. IBC was previously treated through surgery and was almost always fatal; nowadays, additional treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy have greatly increased the chances of survival for IBC patients.
 

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Southern Lady
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Thanks for sharing more information!

Knowledge is our best defense! I don't know if
this can be detected early. They didn't give that
impression in the brief video.

Thanks so much for giving us more!

:)
 

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Originally posted by Mrs. VR
holy cow! That's scary! You know, a lot of those symptoms sound like the mastitis you can get while nursing, I bet it's misdiagnosed a fair amount. :sad:
Hence the name "Inflammatory" breast cancer. Looks just like mastitis in many cases. Doesn't respond to antibiotics.

On mammograms, we might just see a generalized increase in breast density without a discreet mass (with varying mammo techniques, this is hard to pick up). Skin thickening (peau d'orange) and nipple retraction are detected clinically. This is not usually a sign the radiologists is first to detect.

The problem with this type of cancer is that it has usually spread by the time of diagnosis and it doesn't respond well to current therapies.
 

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Sharon, you will be missed.
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as scary as it is, I would like to point out that the Mayo clinic site says it's a RARE form of breast cancer. Good to be aware, but we don't have to panic. I know, easier said than done. :)

Of course, as with anything, if it happens to you, or someone you love, it's statistically signifigant.

Im glad to have the information.
 
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